UK PhD Studentships in Astrophysics Research at Queen’s University Belfast, 2018

The Queen’s University

Scholarships: The Queen’s University Belfast is offering PhD Studentships for September/October 2018. These scholarships are available for students wishing to undertake a PhD in the Astrophysics Research Centre.

Host College/University: The Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) is one of Queen’s University’s leading research clusters encompassing both observational and theoretical astrophysics. We hold substantial grant funding from the UK’s STFC, EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UKAEA, and EU funding through the European Research Council, FP7 and Horizon 2020.

Degree level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD programme.

Field of Study: Scholarships are awarded in the Astrophysics Research Centre.

Nationalities: EU nationals are eligible to apply. Scholarship can be taken in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria: The five funded positions are only available for students fulfilling UK national requirements (either UK nationals, or have been in the UK for the last 3 years for a purpose which is not full-time education). An exception to this rule is the PhD project entitled “Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications”, which is fully funded for any EU national, regardless of whether they have previously spent any time in the UK. Self-funding students or students with their own international funding grants are also very welcome to apply:
For PhDs, we will normally consider applicants holding, or expecting to obtain in 2018, a UK MSci (or equivalent) degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline with 2.1 or higher classification (or international equivalent).

If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

Applying procedure Instructions: There are three funding options listed on the application procedure: 

  • Self Funding: This would mean you are willing to pay everything yourself and is not advisable unless you have very significant personal funds you are willing to use during a 3-year PhD.
  • Apply for funding via the portal: In this case you will be applying for funding from the Northern Ireland Department of Education and Learning (DEL). This is an option if you are from the UK (in which case are studentships pay full fees and living expenses), or if you are from the EU (our studentships have fees paid only, but no living expenses).
  • Other: In this case you are requesting to be considered for one of ARC’s special research scholarships which are available to all applicants and which covers fees and living expenses. This funding is often only available for specific projects and you should contact the prospective supervisor by email to check whether such funding is available for your specific circumstances.

How to Apply:

  • Applications for post-graduate studies must be made via the QUB portal.
  • You can apply for any number of the research themes advertised for 2018 within one application. Follow these guidelines:
    The “Title” of the proposed research area should be “Astrophysics”
    You have two possibilities to add information on what research project themes you wish to apply for. These are
  • The “Additional Information” box (500 character limit)
  • The one-page “Personal Statement” which can be found either on the portal web-page 1) or from this link.  

Scholarships Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline: February 9, 2018

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